Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica), is a highly nutritious vegetable. This is why it’s in Leslie’s “Balanced Food Plan” it is an item that parrots must eat everyday. And that’s why we sell high quality broccoli seeds for sprouting here.
These seeds are tiny. Leslie uses 4 to 5 layers of the nylon net that we sell. The soaking water mix of hot-to-room temperature helps these seeds germinate more quickly. Here we see them starting to sprout on the second day. In addition, these broccoli seeds also may need to be rinsed more often than our BBFE! sprouting blends. Right now, in the winter (March), these broccoli sprouting seeds are ready to feed after about 4 days of growing. Store as you do our BBFE! sprouting blends. 1 tablespoon of these broccoli seeds makes about 3/4 cup of sprouts!
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This product is certified organic. When buying broccoli seeds for sprouting make sure you are buying organic broccoli seeds look for this latin botanical name (Brassica oleracea var. italica). This is important because some are selling raab broccoli (Brassica rapa var. Ruvo), and advertising them as seeds for growing broccoli sprouts.
The raab seeds contain very low levels of glucoraphanin, the glucosinolate precursor that is transformed into sulforaphane. (3) So the raab sprouts would not provide the high levels of sulforaphane that the broccoli sprouts are known for. Hence, your birds would not receive the benefits described here.
Available in a 1 pound, or 4 oz, bag. When you buy from us you are supporting Leslie’s on going work to end avian malnutrition and improve the health and wellness of parrots and finches by following and feeding these birds Leslie’s “Balanced Food Plan for Parrots”. Leslie’s “Balanced Food Plan for Finches” is also available. Schedule your Personalized Consultation so your birds can start receiving the benefits of balanced nutrition from whole, real foods right away.
Fresh broccoli sprouts contain high levels of specific antioxidants that have been seen to prevent and combat various types of cancer. These include the organosulphur compounds that are a class of phytochemicals identified as glucosinolates. (1)
Researchers have identified more than 120 glucosinolates in plants. Furthermore, each different glucosinolate produces a unique isothiocyanate. One of these is glucoraphanin.
The plant enzyme myrosinase is set-free whenever broccoli is cut, chewed or digested. It is this myrosinase enzyme that transforms the glucoraphanin into the antioxidant sulforaphane in the body. (1)
The glucosinolate in broccoli sprouts that is one of the most studied health promoting anti-cancer antioxidants is sulforaphane. Studies have shown that nutrition can influence gene expression. And most importantly this antioxidant in broccoli sprouts has been identified as altering gene expression. This means this antioxidant can turn off disease genes. When examining the bioavailability of sulforaphane in broccoli researchers found that because this compound easily combines with or can be dissolved in fats. It also has has a low molecular weight, so it easily passes into cells. (2) These qualities is what enables sulforaphane to produce so many beneficial effects in the body.
When fresh broccoli sprouts are fed as a part of a parrot’s balanced food plan these whole food-based molecules have the potential for supporting healthy cellular and biochemical body functions in ways that far exceeds what supplements can offer.
(1) Dushani L. Palliyaguru, Jian-Min Yuan, Thomas W. Kensler, Jed W. Fahey, Isothiocyanates: translating the power of plants to people, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 2018 September ; 62(18): e1700965. doi:10.1002/mnfr.201700965.
(2) Christine A. Houghton, Robert G. Fassett, Jeff S. Coombes, Sulforaphane and Other Nutrigenomic Nrf2 Activators: Can the Clinician’s Expectation Be Matched by the Reality?, Hindawi Publishing Corporation Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity Volume 2016, Article ID 7857186, 17 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/7857186 .
(3) Rhonda Patrick, PhD, RHONDA PATRICK SULFORAPHANE GUIDE: BROCCOLI SPROUTS & SUPPLEMENTS, BrainFlow website with Bruce Ames, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley.